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Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

A rare degenerative disorder that affects the spine. It is characterized by ossification of ligaments resulting in calcifications along the sides of the spinal vertebrae

Symptoms of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following features are indicative of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • stiffness
  • pain
  • loss of range of motion
  • tingling in legs
  • numbness in legs
  • weakness in legs
  • spinal fractures
  • increased risk of breaking other affected bones
  • dysphagia
  • dysphonia
  • sleep apnea
  • decreased lung capacity

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Common Causes of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following are the most common causes of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • building up of calcium salts in the tendons and ligaments (calcification)
  • abnormal new bone growth (ossification)

Risk Factors for Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • Being Men
  • Age>50
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • hyperinsulinemia
  • obesity

Prevention of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise regularly
  • achieve a desirable weight
  • apply heat

Occurrence of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Common Age Group

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • X-ray Imaging: Helps to diagnose the conditions of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Helps to view the affected areas of the skeleton

Doctor for Diagnosis of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • Rheumatologist

Complications of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis if untreated

Yes, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis is left untreated:
  • chronic pain
  • disability
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • paralysis

Procedures for Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following procedures are used to treat Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • Surgery: To remove the bone spurs

Self-care for Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • Exercise: Helps reducing the stiffness associated with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and can help increase range of motion in the joints

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis:
  • Physical therapy: To reduce the stiffness associated with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and can help increase range of motion in the joints

Patient Support for Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

The following actions may help Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis patients:
  • Join support and advocacy groups: Helps to connect with other patients and families and provide valuable services

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis.

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